County supervisors expanded a pilot program for affordable housing Tuesday to include non-Chapter 8 properties to protect rent-burdened households from falling into homelessness due to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The passage of Tuesday’s motion authorizes the Los Angeles County Development Authority, in consultation with county counsel, to work with the Community Land Trusts Coalition to expand the Pilot Community Land Trust Partnership Program to include non-Chapter 8 properties and partner with other nonprofits to ensure sufficient capacity to deliver projects.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated Los Angeles County’s housing crisis, creating even more housing insecurity and economic instability,” said Supervisor Hilda Solis, who co-authored the motion with Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

“This unprecedented global pandemic requires unprecedented actions to protect vulnerable families who are on the brink of homelessness,” Solis added. “The actions taken today will ensure that people are not displaced both during and after the pandemic. We are all in this crisis together, and we are all better off when everyone has a place to call home.”

On Sept. 29, the Board of Supervisors directed the Chief Executive Office, Treasurer Tax Collector, Los Angeles County Development Authority, and county counsel to develop a process to help secure tax-defaulted properties through Chapter 8 sales for Community Land Trusts to create long-term affordable housing. The motion further instructed the departments to establish a Pilot Community Land Trust Partnership Program and solicit partnerships with CLTs and nonprofits to utilize the process.

Beginning last month, the CEO convened a working group consisting of the aforementioned parties and the Los Angeles Community Land Trust Coalition, which consists of five CLTs serving all five Supervisorial districts: El Sereno CLT, Fideicomiso Comunitario Tierra Libre, Liberty CLT, Beverly Vermont CLT, and T.R.U.S.T. South LA.

As the Sept. 29 motion recommended, the coalition has established partnerships with other nonprofits including Community Development Corporations to leverage their real estate expertise and ensure sufficient capacity to deliver projects.

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